Farewell 2015

So much for blogging more frequently! I’ve realised that what stops me most is the taking and editing of photos. I can get a quick post done about what I’ve been up to but personally I find reading blogs more interesting when there are great photos. I sometimes think I should just delete the blog or let it fade away but I’ve been blogging for quite a few years now and it’s a great record for me personally so I’d like to keep it going – even if very infrequently. I’ve also stopped reading so many blogs and am more likely to watch video podcasts or listen to audio podcasts on my commute. The videos are my favourites though as I can see the projects and yarns. I’ve even thought about podcasting myself as an alternative to this blog. Oh well, let’s see what the new year brings. 

So, what’s off the needles lately:

After hearing lots of podcasters talking about the Mother Bear Project I decided to get involved. The pattern is not downloadable so it means waiting for a physical copy to be mailed from the US. It didn’t take long to arrive and I finished my first bear. They are quick to knit and the Mother Bear group on Ravelry seem to have monthly challenges (like a stripes bear for December) that keeps everyone involved. I’ve set out a big basket with suitable yarns and will hopefully get a number of these bears done throughout the year. It’s such a great cause and Amy posts photos on the website of the children with their bears.

I also took part in the Summertide Shawl MKAL by Helen Stewart. I knit my shawl in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere in the Dark Current colourway teamed with a handpainted yarn by Purple Fleece in the Very Berry colourway. I’m very happy with how it turned out and both yarns were beautiful to work with. I did have a problem with the Dream in Color yarn bleeding and turning my hands blue when I was using it so I added a splash of vinegar to the water when I blocked it and no colour bled out.

Lastly off the needles is Neptune’s Net by Julia Barrowcliffe. I knit this in a gorgeous yarn from Handmaiden. It is their Marrakesh, a 70% silk/30% camel in the Angel Fish colourway. I don’t often knit in lace weight but this was such an enjoyable yarn to work with, and it was something a bit different with the shell discs along one edge.

I have cast on a few things (which I’ll leave to another post) and I’m going to cake up some yarn ready for the January 1 cast on for the Yarnderwoman podcast Colour Affection Shawl KAL. It will be my travel knitting – as we are off on a family holiday to Tasmania on January 7. I have a list of yarn stores ready to visit along the way and hope to have some souvenir yarn to show you.

I don’t really make new year resolutions but my goal for 2016 is to finish up some (if not all) of my WIPs, to knit more cardigans for myself and to get more designing done.

Happy New Year everyone!